The Beckett School at Laurier offers the oldest (est. 1980) and largest early childhood music (ECM) program in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region.
Children are grouped in classes according to age and follow a custom curriculum that produces the natural starting point for a lifetime of musical accomplishment and enjoyment. Our ECM teacher Jennifer Stacey works to ensure your child will develop a love and understanding of music through immersion in singing, playing, listening and movement activities.
Through traditional chants, folk songs and singing games, your child (3–7 years) will use their own voice as their first instrument, as well as rhythmic and melodic instruments, to actively discover musical concepts such as beat, rhythm, melody and form.
A sequentially organized class structure encourages children to develop performance and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future individual lessons. Our structure allows them to progress at a quicker pace and with greater confidence.
Family participation is a vital component of this program. Grown-ups and/or siblings are asked to join the class to help facilitate music activities (e.g. clapping games).
Note: This year the classes will be offered in-person at a reduced capacity and with increased safety/cleaning protocols. This is subject to change at any time. All children will receive a music kit (scarf, rhythm sticks, egg shaker, etc.) to use at home. Six- and seven-year-olds will need a ukulele tuner.
Ukulele and Orff Classes: Children will need a ukulele and tuner.
Introduce your baby (0–18 months) or toddler (18–36 months) to music and movement in this fun, interactive parented class. Dress comfortably as you will be partners with your child as we sing, play and move to traditional folk music, nursery songs, singing games, lullabies and instrumental music.
Instruments and equipment including xylophones, drums, bells, balls, hoops and scarves are used extensively and are an invaluable part of the class. Help your child foster a musical understanding, learn to respond to music and further develop their language, social, emotional and physical skills.
Note: This year the classes will be offered in-person at a reduced capacity and with increased safety/cleaning protocols. This is subject to change at any time. All children will receive a music kit (scarf, rhythm sticks, egg shaker, etc.) to use at home.
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